Of the world's wealthiest countries, America is the most dangerous in which to give birth. This is, in part, due to the dramatic racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality. Toxic stress and bias in medical care mean women of color are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications. Racism is a public health crisis and it is time to treat it as such.
OPTION 1: In the U.S., Black babies die at twice the rate of White babies. In Cleveland, the mortality rate is nearly three times as high. Read this article about the infant mortality gap and what Black doulas are doing to change it.
OPTION 2: Watch this interview featuring Stacey D. Stewart, president and CEO of the March of Dimes, where she and her co-panelists grapple with the growing maternal health crisis, and how to provide every mother the best care.
OPTION 3: Read this article on how institutional racism negatively impacts maternal and infant mortality for Native American women and how it closely parallels that of African American women.
The Racial Justice and Social Equity series is hosted by Worthington Libraries and the City of Worthington Community Relations Commission. The work of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, which developed the series' daily challenges, is gratefully acknowledged.